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Goosander

(Mergus merganser)
Alternate name(s): Race "americanus": "Common Merganser"
German name(s): "Gänsesäger"

Size: 58-72 cm; wing span 78-97 cm
Weight: 0.9-2.1 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Goosander (Common Merganser) at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "merganser"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a male Goosander in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male Goosander in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male Goosander in breeding plumage; note how, depending on the angle of the impinging sunlight, the bill can look black (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Covey of male Goosanders in various stages of moulting from breeding plumage into eclipse
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male Goosandr moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

FEMALE

Pair of Goosanders; male in breeding plumage on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Pair of Goosanders; male in breeding plumage on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Lateral view of a female Goosander (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

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